Did You Know?                                                        July 1, 2016


Second installment of "Did You Know"

A message from Bob Dorsey, President of the Aroostook Partnership

Dear Aroostook County Educators,
The Aroostook Partnership, a private/public team of more than 100 businesses, our four colleges and Northern Maine Development Commission is in the process of promoting our County and advancing our economy.

This is the second “Did You Know” email blast, this time focusing on healthcare below, because we believe our top priority is to secure our future workforce to enable economic growth. The “Did You Know” series is to provide you information on County businesses, emerging jobs, and significant teacher or education accomplishments in Aroostook.  It is our hope by working closer with our high schools, guidance departments and local teachers that we can increase the awareness of careers and jobs in the County, which will hopefully lead to more of that information being passed to your students who are our future workforce. A sincere thank you for all that you do, we know you face many challenges on a daily basis, and we hope you find this information useful and helpful. Have a wonderful summer.


Robert Dorsey
President & CEO
The Aroostook Partnership
c:  498-9103

Shout Out to Educators

The 2016 Commissioner’s Award was presented to Dr. Fern Desjardins, superintendent of schools for RSU 33/MSAD 33 in Frenchville and St. Agatha.

The Commissioner's Award was given at the 105th Annual Commissioner’s Conference, sponsored by the Maine Department of Education and Maine School Superintendents Association.

Desjardins is a native of St. Agatha and served as a teacher, principal, and now superintendent all in the same school system. Collectively, she has been an educational steward in the St. John Valley for 42 years.

Did you know?


There are roughly 31,000 jobs in Aroostook County with a turnover rate of about 10%. That accounts for 3,100 job openings a year, many in healthcare field. Healthcare is the second largest employer in Aroostook behind forestry and forest products manufacturing.

Healthcare jobs are available in the region. For example, TAMC averages 160 openings a year, Cary Medical Center 77, and Houlton Regional Hospital and Northern Maine Medical Center average about 40.

More than a dozen different career paths can be found in a hospital, from doctors and nurses, to accountants and social workers, to custodial staff and administrators. 


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